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The Residence Zanzibar
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kizimkazi
Maribo Denmark
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56 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Family vacation”
Reviewed 12 February 2014

We were a family of 12 including 5 kids aged from 2 1/2 to 9 years old spending 11 days in four ocean front villas with " all inclusive" . And it was ! The villas are spacious ( 3 big rooms), well equipped and clean. All the meals were delicious with dinner-buffets from different areas of the world and fine entertainment during dinner. And " all inclusive" is a good thing being a big group including children. The service was perfect and the attention to our big group, and especially the kids was amazing. The place is highly recommended !

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Kavi L, General Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your positive comment.We truly are thrilled that we met all your expectations and that the group had a happy stay.It would be delighted to receive and welcome the group once again to our sunny shores, best regards.
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

After a week of safari in Tanzania, and many early morning wake-up calls, we were very much looking forward to a week of R&R. The drive from the airport to the resort was quite long (about 1hr) and the drive from the main road into the resort is very bumpy and about 20 mins alone. Just when it felt like the sand roads wouldn't end, we pulled up at a beautiful gate and all was forgotten.

This resort is the epitome of tranquility and makes for a very luxurious experience. We were welcomed very warmly by everyone and were so happy to make our beautiful garden villa home for the week. We even received a gift upon arrival. A polo for the men and a sarong for the women, in addition to a beach bag that proved very handy. The villa is very spacious and extremely comfortable and the private pool really changed our experience as it gave us the privacy we needed, when we wanted it and was the perfect way to spend many lazy afternoons.

The food at the resort was consistently excellent, especially the themed dinners at The Pavilion where we enjoyed a different buffet experience and entertainment, every night, for a week. We would look forward to those evenings and enjoy long, drawn-out dinners with great pleasure. While you do have a 2nd option for dinner, The Dining Room, we chose to avoid that by night as all our breakfasts and lunches were there. Also, they don't offer entertainment, instead you have a nighttime view of the beach.

We weren't able to enjoy the beach as much as we would have liked as the tides were extremely low by day up until about 3pm. When we did go out, it was incredible though. We recommend you try the catamaran sailing and a boat goes out every day for snorkeling if you enjoy that. You have many excursion options to book through the hotel. We did Stone Town and the Spice Tour. It was a very hot and stuffy day but we thoroughly enjoyed both and the day trip helped break the daily routine of eat-swim-read. They even have a resident doctor who was extremely helpful and made himself available when I unfortunately reacted very badly to the anti-malaria pills I was taking. Despite it's size, this resort feels personal. The staff is extremely kind, very smiley and genuinely caring. When I fell sick, I couldn't eat for 2 days and was received with such kindness and sympathy from everyone there.

If you are there on your honeymoon you will be as pleasantly surprised as we were with a complimentary Sundowners cruise, to watch the sunset from sea, and with a spectacular romantic dinner on the terrace of your private villa. I think both my husband and I agree that was one of the most memorable parts of our stay.

This hotel is a dream. We were so sad to leave when the time came. Except for the mosquitos which ate us alive, I don't have a single bad thing to say about our stay. It was unforgettable.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kavi L, General Manager at The Residence Zanzibar, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your great responce, we are happy you had an unforgettable experience throughout your stay,and that your health has recuperated. It will be a pleasure welcoming you again.

The Management.
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Luxury, private, great service, food is amazing, the spa was awesome. Highly recommend. The villas are very spacious with private pool - they are also very private. One of the best places I have experienced. Stayed when the place had just opened. September 2011

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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new york
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

We came here for dinner after a visit to Stone Town. The drive took almost an hour, but wow, was it ever worth it. This was one of the chicest hotels I've ever seen. Everything was perfect. The staff were incredibly gracious...and not to mention gorgeous and beautifully dressed in linen. The architecture and design of the property was world class and the landscaping/gardening magnificent. And I haven't even started on the food--FABULOUS!!! The Residence is world class everything...and you pay for it. Rooms are very expensive ($1200+/night) but probably worth every penny. The dinner was surprisingly reasonable. We all had hotel envy and desperately wished we could have stayed here.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2014

Fantastic hotel, fantastic villas and the personel are really well trained and groomed. I would definetely recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for peaceful vacation. The food is excellent. The villa is really nice with an outdoor shower and a private swimming pool.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

My wife and I stayed on our honeymoon in June 2013. We spent 4 nights as part of a longer stay in Tanzania. Although it was expensive we felt the cost was justified.

Our private villa exceeded our expectations and could only be described as luxurious. Our villa included both an indoor and a walled outdoor shower, enormous wall-to-wall sliding doors which opened our bedroom up into a private infinity pool and garden. It should be noted that our private pool (I think our villa was classed as a garden view) was not overlooked by anyone but we noticed from moving about the resort that some of the other villa's pools were visible from the footpaths and/or the beach.

The resort itself is set on beautifully kept gardens and each villa is assigned two bicycles which we found to be a fun and convenient way to allow you to move around the lovely winding pathways which link the villas with the public areas of the resort (although I also saw many people walking or being chauffeured in golf carts as I guess cycling may not be to everyone's taste).

The food at the resort was fantastic and we enjoyed each and every meal. Both restaurants were really nice spaces to eat in and for a small fee you can have any meal brought to your room (as we often did with breakfast).

The service here was outstanding, with very friendly and incredibly well trained staff. Everyone we dealt with from the waiters to the chefs, porters, maintenance people and management were a delight to deal with and were always smiling and efficient. The local people of Zanzibar (although undoubtably a lot of them are living in abject poverty) are a hugely friendly and warm people and this comes across in the welcoming and helpful attitude of the staff at this resort.

As honeymooners we were treated to a complimentary private dinner in our villa one evening (this was included at booking time) on the veranda by our pool. A menu was provided earlier in the day and we chose what we wanted for each course. A lovely member of staff surprised us by covering our veranda in flowers and candles which added to the atmosphere when we sat down to eat that evening. He then popped a bottle of bubbly and served us our starters, told us to enjoy, and headed off in his golf cart to get our main courses. Desert followed and a special "congratulations" cake was also provided at the end. A truly fantastic experience.

The only issue we had during our entire stay was an aircon issue which we reported late one night. A helpful maintenance guy arrived promptly despite the late hour. He spent a while trying to resolve the issue and although he could not fix it on the spot, we returned from the pool the following morning to find it had been fixed while we were out.

This hotel is ideal for honeymoons and people looking for the ultimate in relaxing romantic breaks. It should be noted that it is an isolated resort so by definition you are limited to what is provided at the resort. So if you are looking for an active adventure holiday or like to walk down the beach to explore other shops/restaurants in the evening this will probably not be for you. I personally would not recommend it for families with kids either as I think they could be bored. We only saw two children when we were there (this suited us as a young couple without kids looking for some romantic relaxation).

To finish: Fantastic hotel, fantastic staff. Worth splashing out on.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kampala, Uganda
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Sisters wedding venue....Stayed for 3 nights! Absolutely amazing! Beautiful villas, each with it's own little swimming pool! Loved the experience of having to cycle from the villa to the dining room to the main pool and everywhere else! Excellent service by all the staff! Great food....wide selection of sea food.yum! The staff were very friendly and so helpful! Many thanks.
Definitely the best place I've ever been to...Ever! :-)

Room Tip: All great, but the Ocean view villas are obviously the best!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Residence Zanzibar
Address: Mchangamle, Kizimkazi 2404, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Kizimkazi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kizimkazi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Residence Zanzibar 5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Residence Zanzibar lies within a lush, forested 32-hectare estate where five-star luxuries sit harmoniously alongside nature's untouched beauty. Feel your spirits soar amid extensive tropical gardens that meet with powder-soft white sand lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Inspired by the island's eclectic cultures, our luxury Zanzibar resort blends modern comforts with Swahili, Omani, British and Indian influences. Indulge in the privacy of the spacious villas, attended on if you wish by your own personal butler. Enjoy carefree days relaxing by your private pool, on the beach, or exploring the gardens on foot or by bicycle. Savour a taste of the Spice Island's unique blend of cultures and cuisines, and the pleasure of sensational spa treatments. Discover more of the island and the waters that surround it in a myriad of activities, from visiting historic sites and rare natural wonders to deep sea fishing and diving with dolphins. Whether you dream of a quiet couple's retreat or fun in the sun for the whole family, embrace all the delights of our island life at The Residence Zanzibar. ... more   less 
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